Made the pheasants yesterday, just got the venison roast started. Need to do some house stuff today then get it all together. My son is some kind of excited even though he doesn't come up until Tuesday. Gave him a mag light last night and a Browning blaze orange baseball cap. Made his day!
Today begins cooking. I make a neck roast in the slow cooker with a recipe from LL back around '01 that was given to me. That's for Friday. Also making 4 pheasants with wild rice for Monday's dinner in the slow cooker. Make that ahead to save time and dishes!
Then obviously comes the "Ceremonial Loading of the Truck" or as she calls it, "Take everything you have pertaining to hunting and load it up..." Thursday night.
Then it's get up 4:30 Friday morning and head to Eagle River to hunt with an old Platteville buddy. Once up there, set stands, check cameras, unload, have a few cold ones, and wait for some friends to arrive around 3:00 for a good ol' BS session! I stay there until Tuesday morning. From there things will be different this year.
This season is going to be special for me. Normally I would go to Monroe Center and hunt the rest of the week (hunted there since '79) but in '13 we bought a 40 in Jump River, WI so I'll be heading to host my first camp with 3 buddies who hunt elsewhere for the opener. To make it even more special, my 9 year-old son is coming up the 2nd weekend for his 1st deer camp. To say he is bouncing off the walls is an understatement.
I just want to add one thing here: Those of you with older members who may be in failing health, cherish every minute with them in camp and take all the photos you can. Never know when their last season will be. Lost my mentor, A.K.A. "The Professor" in '09 and not a day goes by during the season that I don't think about him. Lots of photos from over the years at his cottage in Monroe Center but they still can't take the place! Learned a lot from him about how to run a camp and just hope I can make him proud running my place.
Drive and hunt safe everyone. Remember, there's more to the season than just taking a deer....